Fine Gael is to add a female candidate to the ticket in the Kerry constituency.
The party has already selected sitting TDs Junior Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Deputy Brendan Griffin at a selection convention. The Gender Quota Bill, the brainchild of then Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, was passed in July 2012. It means that female candidates must account for 30 per cent of the total number of electoral candidates put forward by political parties at the General Election. This requirement is linked to the continuation of state funding for the parties. Around the country parties have struggled to meet the 30 per cent target. It’s understood the regulation is the main reason why Fine Gael is to add a woman to the ticket in Kerry. The identity of the party’s third candidate for the new five seat constituency is to be revealed in the coming days. It’s thought she is from the Tralee area.